The Cherokee Steam Laundry is no more. This useful Cherokee industry of varied history is a thing of the past.
It went up in smoke early Sunday morning. At a little after 2 a.m. the flames were discovered breaking out near the roof by Mike Dunn at work at the Round house who telephoned an alarm and also at about the same time Dr. P. B. Cleaves, who on returning from a sick room, saw the fire and driving up town turned in an alarm.
The fire alarm, both bell and whistle, failed to awaken many people, which caused a delay in getting out apparatus so that the fire had raged half an hour before the water was turned on and by this time the structure was practically destroyed.
The wind whirled burning shingles long distances and other buildings, especially the Martin Cleary residence was endangered. The laundry has had a checkered career from almost the beginning from the elements, twice being threatened with destruction by floods, once practically destroyed by fire and small conflagrations doing some damage on two other occasions.
The laundry was built by Tom Symms and he had just nicely got it into running when the big flood of June, 1901, put it out of commission and only be heroic efforts was it saved from joining numerous other buildings in a journey down the Sioux. A few year later it was again flooded but with a less degree of damage.
When it was owned by H. A. Maltby it was partially destroyed by fire and at two other times in its history small fires started therein but were put out with only slight damage. The hoodoo was completed by its destruction Sunday and it is hoped that the present owners, Cobb Brothers, have now seen the last of the hoodoo. The laundry was valued at $4,000 and was partially covered by insurance.
The loss will be a severe one but the enterprising owners do not intend to be cast down thereby but have already commenced negotiations for the erection of a cement block structure in which will be installed the most modern and up-to-date laundry plant. In the meantime, as will be seen by an ad where the Cobb Bros. will take care of their patrons going for and delivering laundry as usual.
For the part he admitted he played in the robbery of about $200 worth of grease from the Simonsen rendering works at Quimby last November 18, Fred Meier, 39, was sentenced Monday by Judge W. C. Garberson of Sibley to serve one year in the Cherokee county jail.
Judge Garberson, who heard the case in district court after Meier had pleaded guilty to a county attorney's information and waived all rights, said that in four months Meier would be eligible for a parole since this is the first offense of which he has been convicted.
Meier was given the right to serve all but 30 days of his sentence in another jail other than the one in Cherokee county. This right was granted by the judge because of the "unsanitary" condition of the jail soon to be replaced by a new one in this county.
He indicated Tuesday, however, that he would serve all four months in the jai here and will then seek a parole. Appeal bond was fixed at $1,000.
Arrested last Tuesday by Sheriff A. N. Tilton in Sioux City, which he admitted was one of his many former homes, Meier was returned to Cherokee at that time and Wednesday came before Tilton and County Attorney Archie Nelson to tell his story.
Worked For $5.
As he was questioned concerning his part in the robbery, he told the county officials that for his part in the affair he was supposed to receive $5 from a man known only at "Vick," who had never been apprehended. He said a truck belonging to a "Harry" was used to make the haul.
Sentencing of Meier closed only one chapter of the Quimby robbery. Officers will continue to search for the Vick whom Meier alleged plotted and carried out the grand larceny. None of the stolen grease was recovered.
Gus Anderson, widely known world traveler and lecturer, has consented to present first important assembly program of the hew semester at Wilson High school auditorium, it was announced Tuesday by Superintendent N. D. McCombs.
The program will be held at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in the auditorium, and all Lincoln junior high and Wilson senior high pupils will be allowed to attend. A section is also being reserved for school patrons, McCombs said.
Anderson, since his return from an expedition, has been filling speaking engagements in large cities on the west coast for several months. A few years ago he was featured at a session of the northwest Iowa district of the Iowa State Teachers' association and proved a popular entertainer, McCombs said.
In the last few years Anderson has added a motion picture camera to his equipment. He will present several reels of film showing the places he is describing.
A meeting for individuals interested in observing the centennial for the Civil War will be held at Sanford Museum, Sunday, January 29 at 2 p.m.
Anyone interested in this episode in American history is particularly invited to attend this meeting and to bring others who share this interest.
At an earlier meeting held in December, six Northwest Iowa counties were represented and it is expected that this number may be tripled at the forthcoming meeting.
The meeting will consist of an informal discussion of possible ways to observe this event either on the county level or by individual cities. County historical societies and other organizations devoted to preservation of local history may want to plan special observances and it is felt that this meeting will furnish an opportunity to exchange ideas and help create sufficient interest to carry out community observances.
At the December meeting, attended by Mrs. Edith McElroy, executive secretary of the Iowa Civil War, Centennial Commission, it was decided that the Northwest Iowa group would meet in the last Sunday of each month during the spring of 1961.
Therefore, during the forthcoming January meeting, a chairman will be elected to head this area. Although this is intended to be a planning meeting, several Northwest Iowans have been contacted as possible speakers.
What might have become a tragic death from monoxide gas for four persons was averted in the early hours last Saturday by the timely awakening of Mrs. Bill Rohrbaugh.
In the home in addition to herself and her husband were her brother and sister, Jimmie and Paula Gottsch, 9 and 7 year old.
Mrs. Rohrbaugh was awakened by the stirring of one of the children, who were spending the night in the Rohrbaugh home. Suffering from a severe headache, Mrs. Rohrbaugh awakened her husband.
When he went to the bathroom for some headache pills, he blacked out and fell, striking his head on a water pipe. When his wife arose to investigate, she also blacked out.
Rohrbaugh roused and managed to get to a window and open it. He then went to the street and called Harold Gottsch, night policeman and father of the children and Mrs. Rohrbaugh.
A doctor was summoned to administer to the four occupants of the house who suffered severe nausea. Rohrbaugh also received a cut on his head when he fell.
Iowa Public Service Company officials here and Dan Rice, Cherokee, IPS district engineer, conducted a thorough investigation. Their search disclosed an insufficient amount of air in the furnace room for the heat circulating fan to function properly. No gas leakage was discovered.
Teacher costs for the Cherokee School District will increase 2.3 percent in 1986-87.
The 1986-87 contract between the district and the Cherokee Education Association was approved Monday by the Cherokee School Board. The contract was approved by the CEA last week.
Though the total cost of teacher salaries and benefits is increasing in the new year, the base pay for beginning teachers has been frozen at the current $13,800.
The total costs for teachers, including salaries and benefits, is currently $2,030,753. The total of 1986-87 cost will be $2,077,495, which is a 2.3 percent increase.
Teachers advance on the salary schedule as they continue their employment with the district, and as they continue their education. As they advance, their pay increases. The amount of the increase is based on a percentage of the base pay.
Because the base pay remains the same, most current teachers will receive the same raises next year that they would have under the 1985-86 schedule.
For example, a teacher with a bachelor of arts degree with five years experience in the Cherokee School District, will move from a salary of $16,560 to a salary of $17,940. This pay increase is the same on the 1985-86 salary schedule and the 1986-87 salary schedule.
The one major change on the 1986-87 salary schedule gives raises to teachers who have worked for the district several years, and are at the end of the salary schedule lanes.
New steps have been added to the schedule, giving teachers at the end of the lanes $345, or 2.5 percent, raises next year. Cherokee Superintendent Mick Starcevich said this will affect 65 of the district's 101 teachers.
The new contract also carries a condition whereby the base pay will increase $100 if the district receives between 2 to 2.75 percent new money in the 1986-87 contract year. The condition also states that if the district receives more than 2.75 percent new money, the base pay will be re-negotiated.
In other change in the contract, all rates in the supplementary pay schedule were increased .5 percent. The supplementary schedule covers pay for coaches, club sponsors and other people involved in co-curricular activities.
Both Starcevich and CEA President Bruce Lear said the final settlement was fair, but, that it indicated the economic pressures school districts are facing.
Starcevich said that leaving the base pay the same might make it difficult to attract new teachers.
"It's not going to help any, but with no money, it's difficult to do the things you want to do," he said.
Lear said, "The state legislature and the governor are going to have to do something about funding education, if, in fact, they want to maintain the type of education they're used to."
The School Board also approved a contract with the United Food and Commercial Workers Unions Local 179. The new contract gives the district's custodians, maintenance and school lunch employees a raise of 18 cents per hour.
For example, the new contract increases the wage for a custodian with 25 months or more of employment from $5.55 an hour to $5.73.
The total costs for custodians, including salary and benefits, will increase 2.3 percent, from the current $226,486 to $231,695.
The total cost for school lunch employees will also increase 2.3 percent from the current $102,390 to $104,745.
In other business, the Board took the following action.
* Approved a $43,763 project to install new windows at Garfield and Webster elementary schools. The Gerkin Company, Sioux City, will install the new windows. The district plans to pay for the project over a five-year period.
* Received an audit of the district by Ryun, Givens and Company, Cherokee. Starcevich said the accounting firm found nothing wrong with the financial operations of the district, and made no recommendations to change anything. Ryun, Givens and Company reported that the district's general fund revenue totaled $4,347,218 at the end of fiscal year 1984-85, which was a 6 percent increase over the previous year.
The firm also reported that expenditures from the general fund totaled $4,339,750 at the end of 1984-85, which was a 7 percent increase for the previous year. The district ended the fiscal year with a general fund balance of $230,706.
*Approved a resignation from Andrea Leatherman, bus driver. The Board then approved a contract for Richard Bergert, bus driver.